For teachers, adopting social media in the classroom can seem daunting. Here are a few ways to make a shift in practice. Remember, it's not about using them ALL but integrating and shifting to a world that is more and more social.
Ministers should be stripped of key decision-making powers on the day-to-day running of schools to end the “ridiculous” situation of MPs with no teaching experience setting the curriculum, according to a former top official in the Education...
“How Might We design a school that encourages, nurtures and teaches a Growth Mindset? From Curriculum to Culture, here is a School By Design! *This post is based on Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset theo...”
Developing a Growth Mindset in education is crucial to shifting the culture of schools and reimagine the role of teachers, students and parents in a new school paradigm where learning is not directed by knowledge acquisition but by developing and creating.
The President unveils the America’s College Promise proposal to make two years of community college free for responsible students, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree and earn skills needed in the workforce at no cost.
Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the trendy season for trends, to reflect on 2014 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold. This year, we asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on education, but with a twist. They have to frame their thoughts as a response to some of the finest college a
Do Less Better: The Power of Strategic Sacrifice in a Complex World isn’t the first book on focus, nor will it be the last. But the element that separates this book from the others is the “how” – how one finds focus in a business world that is [...]
Kelly Christopherson's insight:
Doing less better - an idea that has so much merit in education. Instead of trying to be all things to all people, educational leaders who focus on specific learning provide direction and vision that lead to improving the learning for students.
I’m going to structure this blog in a way which will hopefully be easy to follow. First, some evidence and anecdotes which seem to contradict the way Dweck’s theory is increasingly being presented (I entirely acknowledge, by the way, that Ms Dweck is much more nuanced in her conclusions than is sometimes suggested by those who cite her name while outlining a much more black-and-white worldview). Then I’ll note some arguments as to why we should be rather cautious about adopting the “Growth Mindset” approach as some sort of universal principle. David Didau has already covered much of this ground in his blog, but if we never allowed for repetition in the blogosphere, there’d be nothing left on the internet except rude videos and pictures of kittens, so I’m going to do it anyway.
“Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.”Creating “Collaborative Learning Communities”“It is essential to view learning as a total community responsibility,” he says, and to expect no short cuts. Children need to be integrated, fully contributing members of the broader community, so they can feel useful and valued. (It is not just the children who need this, he adds; healthy communities also need children.).On a practical level, the most powerful lever for change, Abbott says, is people coming together to “rethink the role of community in the learning process,” agreeing how to divide up responsibilities among professional teachers and other community members, and then launching small pilot projects that are true to their new vision. These efforts will build on each other, he says, and large-scale change will follow.
Changing the societal view of education might be difficult but to change the societal view of itself it will be essential for those in education to present a different view of what society can be and the way that it can function.